Frequently Asked Questions

Priority Questions

No restrictions are currently required but we will monitor this on a continuous basis. The steps below outline our COVID-19 measures that we ask you to follow to support the event and the safety and protection of all athletes participating in THE ROC.

  1. Social distancing and hygiene management is important. Please remember this before, during and even after the race.
  2. There will be Hand Sanitiser stations around the start/finish, registration, T1 and T2, please use regularly.
  3. Completing THE ROC in the fastest time possible would normally be the priority but keeping yourself and others safe is much more important than gaining those extra seconds by squeezing past a walker on the mountain. Please be patient and courteous whenever needed.
  4. Please DO NOT attend the race if you have any symptoms associated with COVID-19, such as a high temperature, a new continuous cough or loss or change to your sense of smell or taste, in the last 10 days.
  5. In the case that you become symptomatic or unwell on the day, you will be checked over by our medical team and may be asked to vacate the event site and return home with immediate effect.

If you have any questions or concerns about our COVID-19 policy, please email us at info@theroc.com

These will be checked at resgistration.
Full waterproof body cover or hooded jacket and trousers (we recommend with taped seams)
Water bottle / carrier
High Energy Snacks
Foil Blanket
High Factor Sun Cream
Map of the mountain course (Provided in the Race Pack you are given when registering)

General Questions - THE ROC WALES

1. What time is registration?
Friday 13th MAY between 5pm and 9pm.
If you are unable to register the day before, there are emergency registration slots available on the morning of the race between 6.00am and 7.15am. Please email info@theroc.com if you require an emergency registration.

2. Where is Race Control & Registration?
Located at the start/ finish on Abersoch Main Beach.

3. What time does the race start?
All athletes must be ready to access the start line at 7.55am. Elite athletes or ROC athletes who are genuinely in with a chance of making the podium, are to enter the start line first. You will be called forward by the Race Compere and others should hold back to follow in afterwards.

4. What time can I access transition from?
Access will only be given from 6:30am to triathletes wearing their timing tag or wearing their wristband if they’re in a relay team.

5. What is the Race Safety team emergency number?
01758 714002. Store it ready in your phone and easy to access the number.

6. What Race Assets do I receive at registration?

Timing Tag & Neoprene Strap
Helmet Stickers
Bike Seat Flag Sticker
Mountain Bag Number Sticker
Race Number Tattoos
Race Number Bibs
Map of the Watkin Path
Swim Hat
Numbered Drawstring Mountain Bag

Please refer to your Race pack for full details on how your Race assets should be used.

7. Is the Race Pack physical of digital?
You will receive a digital version of the race pack via email, 4 weeks and then 1 week before the race. You will be given a physical Race Asset Pack when you register at the race.

8. What should I include in my mountain rucksack?
Full waterproof body cover or hooded jacket and trousers (we recommend with taped seams)
Water bottle / carrier
High Energy Snacks
Foil Blanket
High Factor Sun Cream
Map of the mountain course (Provided in the Race Pack you are given when registering)

9. When do I need to provide my mountain Rucksack?
During registration you will be given a drawstring bag to put your Mountain Rucksack in readiness to be hung at T2 before the Snowdon leg of the race. The bag size is 18″ x 16″ x 3″. Your bag will be secured overnight or you can hand it in to Race Control/Registration before 7am on race day. It will be taken to T2 where it will be ready for you once you have racked your bike and removed your helmet.

10. When will I get my Mountain Rucksack back after I’ve finished?
Bags that have been left by ROC athletes who have completed the Snowdon leg will be returned to Race Control in Abersoch for collection. They will leave Hafod y Llan at 2.30pm and arrive in Abersoch at the start/finish at approximately 4pm.

11. Will I need to purchase insurance for the race?
If you’re not a member of the British Triathlon Federation (BTF) or other national triathlon federation then you must purchase a BTF day license for £6 either in advance of the race online (URL link will be emailed to you just before the race) or at Race Control during registration.

12. What are the rules on the mountain?
You must give priority to any runners descending back down the mountain and wherever possible keep over to the right hand-side. Strictly no litter dropping. Full rules in digital Race Pack.

13. Is there a cut off time for the mountain?
Yes, if you have not reached the 4km checkpoint on your way up to Snowdon by 12pm (noon) then you will not be allowed to continue up the toughest and steepest section to the summit. You will need to turn around and finish your course from there. This is still a fantastic achievement and you will receive a medal but with a different coloured ribbon.

14. What happens if there is bad weather on the mountain?
Severe weather or even lying snow at Mt. Snowdon can make the top of the summit impossible to reach. If the conditions are deemed as too severe, the summit checkpoint will be moved further down the mountain. You will be advised of this at the earliest time possible.

15. What happens if the sea conditions are poor?
Severe weather or low water temperatures may necessitate changes in the race. If the water temperature is cold, if visibility is low due to fog or rain, or in the case of high waves, strong tide or other dangerous conditions, the swim course could be shortened, moved, set up as circuit or removed altogether.

If we are unable to safely organise the swim due to the conditions, we have plans in place for organising the race as a duathlon, replacing the swim with a 3km trail run.

16. When and where is prize giving?
5pm at the start/ finish line on Abersoch beach. Winners must attend.

17. Where can I park?
There is plenty of parking in Abersoch, but the race car park is Lon Golff (Golf Road): LL53 7EF. It is pay and display.

18. Is there any food and drink available at the race?
Before and after the race there is a beach café where you can purchase hot and cold drinks and food all day. For more specific food options there are lots of places in Abersoch itself but it does get busy and many places require booking in advance.

For the race itself, you are expected to plan to be self-sufficient with enough food and drink to see you through the whole race. There will however be the following:

T2/T3 (Hafod y Llan): Water, Kinetica energy gels & bars and high protein milkshakes and Bananas
25km in to return bike route (just before Criccieth): Water, and Bananas.
FINISH: Water, Kinetica recovery supplements at the finish line to replenish energy stores and repair muscles and Bananas.

19. Is there any food and drink on the mountain?
You are expected to be self-sufficient on the mountain. With good planning you shouldn’t have any problems with preparing and carrying enough water & food to the summit and back.
We do however have emergency water at both the 4km Check Point and the summit.

20. What sections are timed?
The following timing breakdown of your race will be available soon after you finish:

21. Can others track the progress of ROC athletes during the race?
Yes, you will be able to track THE ROC athletes via a link provided in good time before the race.

22. How will I find out my race times and finish time?
Race times will be sent by SMS text shortly after the race has finished and will also be posted online on the day of the race. Go to www.theroc.com/the-roc-results/

23. I’m in a RELAY team, what kit needs to be handed over at transition?
Each team member will be given a wristband that needs to be worn at all times, this allows access to the transition if you aren’t wearing the timing chip.
The timing chip must be worn around the left ankle and passed on to the next relay member in each transition.

24. When will sea temperature be confirmed?
Morning of the race at 6am. We will warn you in advance though if the sea temperature looks like it might make a difference to the structure or your planning for the race.

25. Where will there be toilets on the course?
THE ROC WALES: There are public toilets (and cold outdoor showers) in the car park by the beach where the race is based. A few extra toilets will be in place there too in case it is busy.
Toilets are also available at T2 at Hafod y Llan, next to the mountain bag collection marquee.
Please note for 2021, the café is NOT open at the summit of Snowdon and so there are no toilets available at the summit.

26. What happens if I need to pull out of the race?
You need to inform Race Control as soon as possible. The number to call is 01758 714002 or if you pull out during the swim, once ashore please go straight to the registration desk and inform them you have pulled out.

27. Is there any ROC merchandise to buy?
Yes, we’ve saved it for the race but there are 2 types of ROC T-shirts and ROC Hoodies, as well as some ROC caps and mountain bells. All available at the race.

28. Will there be any photos taken that we can buy?
Yes, we have 3 professional photographers at different locations on the race and their photos will be made available via https://www.theroc.com/the-roc-photos/ to buy digitally.